The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has announced a new graduate scheme aimed at boosting opportunities for people struggling to find work due to the pandemic.
In total, 30 recent graduates will be given the chance to work alongside its engineers and researchers as part of the initiative.
Funded by the Scottish Government’s £25 million National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) and developed by the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, the scheme will provide participants with on-the-job training over a period of six months.
As part of the scheme, NMIS said it will also collaborate with small- and medium-sized manufacturing businesses across Scotland, giving graduates the opportunity to work and learn with potential employers.
Commenting on the apprenticeship scheme, NMIS Chief Executive John Reid said: “The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland is about the future of manufacturing and skilled people are vital to us transforming the productivity and competitiveness of the companies within the manufacturing and engineering community in Scotland and beyond.
“Through the graduate training scheme and working with colleagues in industry, the University of Strathclyde and other academic institutions, our Manufacturing Skills Academy is set to provide those who are dealing with or facing redundancy, or who are struggling to gain employment following graduation, in the hardest hit manufacturing industries, such as aviation and oil and gas, with meaningful training, which will help bolster CVs and hopefully lead to employment opportunities in growth areas of the economy.”
The NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy has been awarded £1.45 million from the NTTF and is developing a series of virtual training opportunities to run alongside the graduate scheme.
The training will focus on the in-demand skills sought by employers in growth areas of the economy, such as digital and net-zero.
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Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “It’s great to see initiatives like the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy giving graduates who have struggled to find work due to the pandemic the opportunity to benefit from on-the-job training.
“This investment from the National Transition Training Fund, which is helping up to 10,000 people across Scotland, will contribute to the recovery of the manufacturing sector and support a pipeline of skilled talent for the future.”
The National Transition Training Fund is administered by Skills Development Scotland with careers advisers from SDS and work coaches from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) providing advice and support.
Billy Scott, Engineering Sector Manager at Skills Development Scotland, added: “This new graduate programme is an exciting industry-led and work-based learning initiative – and one which will mean individuals are well prepared to seek future employment and where employers are supported to upskill in key areas such as digital manufacturing and the green economy.”